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Former World snooker champions on cue for Galway exhibition game

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Former World snooker champion Ken Doherty who is coming to Galway in early June to take on Steve Davis in an exhibition match.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

TWO of snookers most loved figures, Ireland’s own former World Champion Ken Doherty and six-time winner Steve Davis, are to play an exhibition game at the Black Box Theatre in Galway on Thursday, June 7.

Over the past few weeks, Doherty and Davis have been working as pundits at the World Championships at the Crucible in Sheffield – the decider of which was played over Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. And what a final it was!

Having led 14 frames to seven at one stage in the third session on Monday, Wales’ Mark Williams had to withstand a determined rally from Scotland’s John Higgins before emerging victorious on a final count of 18-16.

Many snooker enthusiasts and pundits have described it as one of the most exciting, tense and best finales in some time. “It was an amazing final,” says Doherty when Talking Sport caught up with him on Tuesday morning. “Absolutely brilliant.

“Both players played out of their skins. John Higgins made a great comeback but Williams then came again. Anything that was thrown at him, he had an answer for. So, there was some really top-quality snooker from the two great champions.”

In the closing stages, Williams had an opportunity to see out the match but missed a pink ball to allow Higgins back to the table to take the frame. Given the momentum was all with the Scot in the final session – having levelled it at 15 frames apiece after being 15-10 down after the third set – it looked like Williams was about to miss out on a third World title.

“Yeah, he may have done but he (Williams) held his bottle very well. He really did,” praises Doherty. “A lot of people were doubting him when Higgins came back but he held his nerve very well and it was very impressive. You know, Higgins didn’t lose the final; it was more of a case that Williams won it.”

As this was a final between two men who have been around for a quarter of a century, 1997 World Champion Doherty is very familiar with both players. In 1998, he lost out on back-to-back titles when he was defeated by Higgins in the decider while, five years later, it was Williams who denied him a second Crucible final victory.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

 

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Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.

It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.

General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.

She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.

Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.

She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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